Key Personnel

Nancy Gale

Nancy Gale - Executive Director | 412-325-0039

Nancy Gale came to JRS from EQT with leadership and finance experience in the corporate world. Nancy is a long-time community member and the immediate past president of Temple Sinai.

For more information on Nancy and her vision for the future JRS, read about her in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.




Paula Pagnotta

Paula Pagnotta – Office Manager | 412-325-0039

Paula earned an Associate Degree in Business Management and studied network administration. She has a background in Office Management, Accounting, Benefits Administration and Facility Coordination. Paula also serves as JRS’s network administrator, Chair of the JRS Health and Safety Committee and was the first recipient of the JRS Health and Safety Award.




Jill Pawlowski

Jill Pawlowski, MS.Ed., LPC, CPRP – Director of the Howard Levin Clubhouse | 412-422-1850

With degrees from Point Park University and Duquesne University, Jill was hired in 2014 to lead the Clubhouse. Previously she worked at Turtle Creek MH/MR as an IDD/MH Supervisor. Jill has experience working with a range of disabilities and with a broad knowledge of the community system of services.




Audra Thomas

Audra Thomas, B.S. – Director of Residential Support Services | 412-325-0039

Audra has fostered a work atmosphere that promotes best practices, teamwork and professionalism. She has been in the field of supporting individuals with disabilities and guiding support teams for many years. Audra ushered in a heightened level of support services moving away from a “custodial functioning model to a supportive person-centered model”.




Cindy Paganico

Cindy Paganico, B.S. – Controller | 412-422-7200

Cindy is the CFO of sister agency Jewish Family & Children's Service and also provides a wide range of financial and business services to JRS. Cindy coordinates both the financial and audit committees. She has forged a great partnership between JRS and the JF&CS fiscal office, providing outstanding financial support and leadership to JRS.